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  • Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

    Posted by AC Team

    Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
    If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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  • 8 Reasons We Need Fresh Off the Boat to Succeed by TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    February 4, 2015 Update! Ok! Now that "Fresh Off the Boat" has officially made its debut tonight, here are 8 reasons from TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen why we need this network sitcom to succeed. Nguyen writes, "Fresh Off the Boat is an imperfect comedy, but that doesn't stop me for fiercely, passionately wanting it to succeed." On Nguyen's list: "It's time Asians stopped being "The Other" Please read her full article at TVGuide.com here.  “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first network sitcom about an Asian-American family in 20 years. The last was Margaret Cho’s short-lived “All-American Girl” in 1994 and 1995. Randall Park (The Interview) plays the father of a Taiwanese immigrant family. The cast includes children Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, and Forrest Whe...
  • Updates - Don't Miss! ABC TV's FRESH OFF THE BOAT is tonight! Feb. 4, 2015

    Posted by AC Team

    March 10, 2015 Slate's Jennifer Lai, Angry Asian Man blogger Phil Yu, and performance poet and social activist Bao Phi talk about this ground-breaking series from an Asian American point of view. Click here for the full story. February 4, 2015 Update! Ok! Now that "Fresh Off the Boat" has officially made its debut tonight, here are 8 reasons from TVGuide.com executive editor Hanh Nguyen why we need this network sitcom to succeed. Nguyen writes, "Fresh Off the Boat is an imperfect comedy, but that doesn't stop me for fiercely, passionately wanting it to succeed." On Nguyen's list: "It's time Asians stopped being "The Other" We agree. Please read her full article at TVGuide.com here.   Tune in tonight!  “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first network sitcom about an Asian-American famil...
  • Happy 70th Birthday to Ben Fong-Torres!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    January 7, 2015 HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY BEN! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Jann Wenner, publisher and co-founder of Rolling Stone who is 69 today! Best wishes for many happy and healthy years to come! Ben and Jann are looking at photos of themselves from the early days when Rolling Stone started in San Francisco. As super busy as Ben is, he has graciously contributed commentary to our pages here at AsianConnections.com since 2000. Thank you! This photo was taken at Rolling Stone's offices in New York by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and former staff photographer for the New York Times, Marilynn K. Yee for our feature documentary currently in production LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The LIfe & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.          ...
  • Still Few Leading Roles for Asian Actors in Hollywood Movies - But the Star is Rising for Randall Park and Miyavi

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Hollywood Asian American actors are still largely missing from the big screen in major roles. A year-end wrap up shows small gains for major movie roles for Asian American actors in Hollywood. Even for Asian actors who are not American, major roles in a current Hollywood movie are scarce. First time actor Takamasa Ishihara from Japan made the most of his opportunity. Ishihara, a 33 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer known to his fans as Miyavi gave a chilling break-out performance as the brutal sergeant in Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken." Ishihara's role as Sergeant Matsuhiro Watanabe was so intense, he told Vanity Fair's Natalie Finn "It's a story that is still painful for my country," ... "But she (Director Angelina Jolie) told me she wanted to make...

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